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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) to monitor 6 categories of priority health risk behaviors among youth and young adults: (1) behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; (2) tobacco use; (3) alcohol and other drug use; (4) sexual behaviors that lead to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; (5) unhealthy dietary behaviors; and (6) physical inactivity. These risk behaviors are among the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. The YRBSS also monitors the prevalence of obesity and asthma. It includes a national, school-based survey conducted by the CDC and state, territorial, local, and tribal surveys conducted by state, territorial, and ...

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